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Unleash your punching power

19/01/17

Run your own bank competing against young banking professionals across the continent!

Battle of the Banks, also known as the Online Bank Management Competition (OBMC) is an annual international competition that provides you and your colleagues a unique opportunity to develop practical skills and to gain a holistic view of the business of banking in Africa.

The competition is held online via webinar and with the globally recognized

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Partnership Battle of the Banks

19/01/17

Brought to you by ICAP Training Solutions powered by SimArch

For the Online Bank Management Competition (OBMC) 2017, SimArch has teamed up with its partner, ICAP Training Solutions, to deliver the annual Battle of the Banks for the African region.

Battle of the Banks is open to all African banks and provides participants with a unique opportunity to develop practical skills in banking and to gain a holistic view of the business of ba

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6th Online ALM Competition - Finals in Cologne, Germany

15/06/13

The finals of the 6th Online Asset & Liability Management Competition was held in Cologne, Germany over a two day period from 5 to 6 June 2013.

The overall winner for the Best Asset & Liability Management Bank 2013 was Softlogic Finance from Sri Lanka. Real People from South Africa were a close second.

The regional winners of this year’s Online ALM Competition were as follows:

Ranking of the t

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Find out who earned the title “Best Managed Bank” in this year’s Online Bank Management Contest!

28/09/12

FirstRand Bank earns the Title "Best Managed Bank OBMC 2012"

The Global Finals of the Online Bank Management Contest 2012 has successfully come to an end. After three days of fierce competition, a fully deserved ‘Well done!’  is due to all the banks that were selected to partake in this part of the Contest, held live in Brussels. The four banks who partook in the finals were: Ameriabank from Yerevan, CSOB Bank from Prague, FirstRand Bank f

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Delegates from FirstRand Bank are currently completing the FirstB@nksim simulation as part of their Accelerated Development Programme designed by SimArch and the Graduate School of Business at UCT

15/09/12

As part of the Accelerated Development Programme within FirstRand participants are making use of the FirstB@nksim simulation to gain an understanding of the various banking activities and banking products as provided by a full-services bank. One of the programme objectives is to bring all the ADP Delegates on the same level of knowledge with regards to the business of banking. Delegates have 60days access to the FirstB@nksim simulation in order to make effective use of this self develop

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Four Banks qualifying for the Global Finals of the Online Bank Management Contest 2012

05/07/12

From the 21st of May up until the 27th of June 2012, banking professionals from around the globe were invited to take part in the Online Bank Management Contest (OBMC) for 2012. This year, more than 124 banking professionals with between 3 to 8 years experience in Banking, took part in the OBMC. Three regional contests were conducted in Africa, The Americas and Europe. The contests were conducted over a three-day period via Webinar and through the use of our simulation p

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Winners of the 5th ALM Competition Phase II

16/03/12

The finals of the 5th Online Asset & Liability Management Competition took place in the Hague over a three day period from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2012.

The overall winner for the Best Risk Management Bank was DFCC Bank from Sri Lanka. Banco BHD from the Dominican Republic was a close second.

The overall winner for the bank that has created the most Share Holder Value was Banco Pichincha from Ecuador.

Congratualtions to all teams that made it to the finals and t

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Winners of the 5th ALM Competition Phase I

30/11/11

On the 5th of September 2011 twenty six (26) banks started the First Phase of the 5th Online Asset & Liability Management Competition. The competition is sponsored by DEG, FMO and Proparco and run by SimArch.

After six decisions, the First Phase of a very tight competition came to an end on the 25th of November 2011. The six banks that qualified to partake in the Second Phase of the ALM Competitio

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5th ALM Competition - Teams are preparing for quarter five

27/11/11

On the 5th of September 2011 twenty six (26) banks starting the First Phase of the 5th Online Asset & Liability Management Competition. The competition is sponsored by DEG, FMO and Proparco and run by SimArch.

The Final phase of the ALM will be held live in The Hague, Netherlands. Only the top six banks will partake in this phase of the contest. During the three days an attention-gripping mix of presentations, competition and discussions are provided.

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Find out who earned the title Best Managed Bank for the OBMC 2011!

11/10/11

FirstRand Bank earns the Title "Best Managed Bank OBMC 2011"

The Global Finals of the Online Bank Management Contest has successfully come to an end. This Global Finals of the OBMC 2011 ended on a very high note and we can truly say it was a memorable experience in every possib

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OBMC 2011 Photo Gallery

21/09/11

The Global Finals of the Online Bank Management Contest has successfully come to an end. This Global Finals of the OBMC 2011 ended on a very high note and we can truly say it was a memorable experience in every possible way. The devotion each team had to the contest was impeccable and added great value to the dynamics throughout the competition.

Up until the very end it was highly competitive leaving participants tied to their seats when we announced the winning team for this year's O

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The OBMC Global Finals has now begun in New York

29/08/11

The teams who managed to qualify for the Global Finals held live in New York are the following:

                                                                                                         

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The preparation phase for the OBMC Global Finals has begun!

16/08/11

Currently all participating teams are working through the pre-reading documentation in preparation for the Kick-Off of Global Finals.

On the 29th of August the challenge begins!

We foresee that the OBMC will be a challenging as well as highly educational experience for all participants and are looking forward to the dynamics that this year’s Contest will bring!

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SimArch celebrates 12th anniversary on the 17th of September

16/08/11

SimArch was founded in 1999 in Belgium by CEO Ziegfried Vermaak.On the 17th of September we will be an international full-service provider of education within the Financial Services Sector for twelve entire years.

The main focus over the past twelve years has been and still is education. Over the years SimArch has built a strong reputation as a provider of learning solutions within the Financial Services Sector. The evaluations that we have received have been highly positive. Here are

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SimArch announces the finalists for the Online Bank Management Contest 2011

12/07/11

The teams who managed to qualify for the Global Finals held live in New York are the following:

                                                                                                         

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The OBMC Americas has now begun!

15/06/11

The competition has started!

The kick-off webinar on Wednesday 15 June set the mood for all the participating banks around the Americas. During these three days each team is responsible for running a bank in a "virtual environment".

Participants were given an overview of all the OBMC parameters and requirements. The industry in which all banks will be playing and current economic situation was outlined giving them

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The preparation phase for the OBMC Americas has begun!

14/06/11

Currently all participating teams are working through the pre-reading documentation in preparation for the Kick-Off.

On the 15th of June the challenge begins!

On the 13th of June an Info Session will be conducted via webinar. The purpose of this webinar is to allow all participating teams to ask questions and or to clarify any uncertainties that might exist.

We foresee that the OBMC will be a challenging as

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Online Bank Management Contest 2011

14/06/11

From the 11th of May up until the 17th of June SimArch in association with World Savings Banks Institute, European Savings Banks Group and New York Institute of Finance will be conducting an Online Bank Management Contest in EuropeThe Americas - Africa & the Middle East and Read More

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SimArch conducts Info Session for OBMC Americas

03/06/11

On the 13th of June, SimArch will conduct an Info Session via webinar. The purpose of this webinar is to allow all participating teams in the Online Bank Management Contest for Americas to ask questions and or to clarify any uncertainties that might exist.

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Final Phase of the 4th Asset & Liability Management Competition

31/01/11

On the 6th of September 2010 twenty eight (28) banks started the First Phase of the 4th Online Asset & Liability Management Competition. The competition was sponsored by DEG, FMO and Proparco and run by SimArch. After six decisions, the First Phase of a very tight competition came to an end o

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Kick-Off Phase two of the 4th ALM Competition - Live in Paris

04/01/11

On the 19th of January 2011 six (6) banks have started the Second Phase of the 4th Online Asset & Liability Management Competition. The competition is sponsored by DEG, FMO and Proparco and run by SimArch.

The Final phase of the ALM is live in Paris. Only the top six banks qualified to go through to this phase of the contest. During the three day

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Winners of the 4th ALM Competition Phase I

29/11/10

On the 6th of September 2010 twenty eight (28) banks started the First Phase of the 4th Online Asset & Liability Management Competition. The competition is sponsored by DEG, FMO and Proparco and run by SimArch.

After six decisions, the First Phase of a very tight competition came to an end on the 19th of November 2010. The six banks that qualified to partake in the Second Phase of the ALM Competition are:   &

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View the rankings of the top five participating banks

20/10/10

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Photos of Asset & Liability Management Training Programme in Kenya

25/08/10

From 20th to 23rd of August 2010 a three-day Asset & Liability Management Training Programme for senior Management from Bank of Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi was conducted by Mr. Ziegfried Vermaak, CEO of SimArch in Nairobi.

During t

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Join us on Facebook

23/08/10

We have uploaded over 100 pictures from the OBMC 2010 on Facebook. Feel free to take a look. OBMC participants have already joined our network.

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Find out who earned the title Best Managed Bank for the OBMC 2010!

23/08/10

Dexia Bank earns the Title "Best Managed Bank OBMC 2010"

The second phase of the Online Bank Management Contest has successfully come to an end. This final phase of the OBMC 2010 ended on a very high note and we can truly say it was a memorable experience in every possible way. The devotion eac

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OBMC 2010 Photos of the Competing Banks that took part in the Second Phase of the Competition in Singapore

02/08/10

After tough competition during the first phase of the OBMC 2010 the following Banks competed in the second phase of the OBMC: Dexia Bank, ING Bank, FirstRand Bank and ABN AMRO Bank. The first two days were held at the Risk Management Institute of the National University of Singapore. The final da

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The OBMC final phase has now began in Singapore

26/07/10

After seven tough weeks of competition, economic challenges and rigid market conditions the top 4 banks from phase one have now been announced. Competing in the second phase of the contest are:

  1. FirstRand Bank
  2. Dexia Bank
  3. ING Bank
  4. ABN AMRO

The top 4 banks will join each other live in Singapore from the 26th till the 28th of July 201

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Teams are preparing for quarter six

28/05/10

SimArch is organising an Online Bank Management Contest (OBMC) for young bankers from all over the world to participate in a unique learning experience. Prior to the competition approximately one thousand banks will be invited to partake in the OBMC. Our ambition is to form a network where young bankers can learn in an interactive, challenging and practical environment.

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The OBMC has now began!

20/04/10

The kick-off webinar on Monday 19 April set the mood for 23 banks around the globe. Participants were given an overview of all the OBMC parameters and requirements. The industry in which all banks will be playing and current economic situation was outlined giving them a fair starting position.

The competition has started!
The first deadline for the first quarter will be on the 29th of April. This gives t

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The preparation phase for the OBMC has begun!

12/04/10

Registrations are now closed for the Online Bank Management Contest 2010.

We are delighted to announce the participating banks in this year’s Contest!

ING - France, Netherlands & Belgium, SunTrust - USA, Dexia - Belgium, Standard Bank - South Africa, ABN AMRO - Netherlands, Read More

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PHASE TWO OF THE 3RD ASSET & LIABILITY MANAGEMENT COMPETITION

29/01/10

20-22 January 2010  Cologne, Germany

On the 24th of August 2009 twenty six (26) banks started the First Phase of the 3rd Online Asset & Liability Management Competition. The competition was sponsored by DEG and FMO and run by SimArch. After six decisions, the First Phase o

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SimArch conducts the Bank Management Training Programme for Project Managers from Projective

15/01/10

On 14th and 15th of December 2009 a two-day in-house Bank Management Training Programmes for Project Managers of Projective was conducted by Mr. Ziegfried Vermaak, CEO of SimArch and Mr. Frans van Laar  from van Laar-Financial Training & Consultancy.

During the Bank Management Training Programme participants were

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PHASE TWO OF THE 3RD ONLINE ALM COMPETITION

15/01/10

On the 24th of August 2009 twenty six (26) banks started the First Phase of the 3rd Online Asset & Liability Management Competition. The competition is sponsored by DEG and FMO and run by SimArch. After six decisions, the First Phase of a very tight competition came to an end on the 13th of November 2009. The si

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